Adolescent Care

Sep 1, 2012 Issue
Care of a Sexually Active Adolescent [Curbside Consultation]

The American Medical Association's Principles of Medical Ethics clearly state that physicians “shall safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.” However, the laws in American jurisdictions vary with respect to a minor's ability to consent to medical treatment. Many ...

Aug 15, 2012 Issue
Breast Masses in Adolescents: Clinical Pearls in the Diagnostic Evaluation [Editorials]

The diagnostic evaluation of an adolescent presenting with a breast mass differs substantially from that of an adult because of marked differences in breast cancer risk and breast architecture. In the adolescent, early clinical assessment and close follow-up are most important, and there is less emphasis on exclusion of a breast malignancy.

Apr 1, 2012 Issue
AAP Releases Clinical Report on the Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families [Practice Guidelines]

The number of children and adolescents using social media Web sites (e.g., Facebook) has significantly increased in the past five years. Research has shown that social media improves communication, social interaction, and technical abilities. Physicians are in a position to talk to families about th...

Mar 15, 2012 Issue
Providing Confidential Care for Adolescents [Editorials]

Adolescents are generally healthy, but they commonly present with high-risk behaviors that are often missed by physicians. Without confidentiality, teenagers may avoid seeking services for sensitive health care needs.

Oct 1, 2011 Issue
Abuse of Over-the-Counter Medications Among Teenagers and Young Adults [Editorials]

In recent years, recognition of over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse by patients—especially teenagers and young adults—has increased.1 Abuse is defined as the use of a drug to experience psychoactive effects instead of for its medical indication. OTC medications are easily abused because they are...

Mar 15, 2011 Issue
Improving the Delivery of Preventive Services to Children [Editorials]

How should a busy family physician approach well-child visits and the delivery of preventive services to children? Although there is a lack of robust patient-oriented evidence that addresses this question, several interventions improve the delivery of preventive services to children.

Mar 1, 2011 Issue
Self-Injurious Behavior in an Adolescent [Curbside Consultation]

The behavior of this patient is nonsuicidal self-injury, defined as the intended destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent. Nonsuicidal self-injury is a common biopsychosocial disorder observed in adolescents.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (i.e., cognitive behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A woman brings her two children, a 14-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, to your office for a routine checkup. She tells you that her husband has major depression, and she wants to know whether her children should be checked for early signs of depression.

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Adolescent Dating Violence [Editorials]

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